8 Home Improvement Materials That You Can Recycle

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Those familiar with home repairs know that there is always some debris left over. No matter what project you are doing, any time you add something new to the home, something old is thrown out. That said, there are some recyclables that may be hidden in the home repair rubble. With a bit of effort, you can ensure that they do not end up in a landfill.





Carpets can be recycled, but it takes more effort than the other home improvement materials such as wood. It will require that you put in the effort to find a service that recycles carpets. Carpets come with a backing system and the face fiber.


Billions of pounds in old carpets are generated each year. However, the options for recycling carpets are still limited. Despite this, it is a growing area of concern. If you just bought a new carpet, you can talk to your dealer about the options you have to recycle your old carpet.





A roof renovation is one of the biggest projects that you can engage in during home improvements. However, it leaves a huge heap of old shingles when the work is done. You can salvage building materials from the roof renovation if you care about the environment. Check whether the local recycle park will take the shingles since they can be used in the making of new shingles. They can even be used in the yard by laying them down as the footpath in the garden. Most shingles are used to make roads however and not paths. After grinding them, they are added to pavements, which help to improve the quality of asphalt roads.





These are one of the oldest construction materials in the world. They are also amongst the most recycled home building materials since ancient times. Bricks are easy to recycle and create new bricks. They are also convenient when used in landscapes when crashed in place of sand. To use them as new bricks, they are cheaply crushed into fine dirt, and they create new bricks.



Paint Cans


Cans that have paint in them should be disposed of via a hazardous waste program. Empty cans of paint can be recycled in a number of ways. The cans contain various types of metal that are easy to recycle. Besides that, the paint cans contain plastic, which is easy to recycle. The good thing is that paint cans are made of high-quality plastic, which is easy and cheap to recycle. The paint cans are usually made of steel, which is common metal used in making tools, nails, and other building materials. These paint cans are melted down to create these items.





The reclaimed wood is in high demand as awareness grows about the impact cutting trees has on the earth. This wood can even be reused in your own home. If you have more wood that you need, it is easy to sell it or donate it. Wood should never go to waste. You can even use it to build simple garden furniture.



Iron Bathtub


If you are replacing the cast iron bathtub, you will have a number of options. The best one is to cut it up and sell the pieces to a scrap metal recycler. Cutting it up into pieces is quite easy. All you need to do is ensure you use the right tools and safety gear. Otherwise, it can be very hard to transport unless the metal recycler agrees to come to pick it from your yard.





Before you recycle the drywall, you need to ensure that it does not have any nails, lead paint, or asbestos. Modern drywall is made up of mainly gypsum, which is used to support agriculture. Numerous parks and nurseries use gypsum to lower acidity, improve water retention, and add nutrients. Numerous companies specialize in recycling drywall. Finding one should not be a very difficult task to accomplish.





If the concrete does not contain any contaminants such as motor oil, do not leave to go to waste in a landfill. Concrete is quite easy to recycle. It is crushed up and recycled by using it as dry aggregate for new concrete. The concrete pavements may also be broken down and used as a base layer for your asphalt pavement. By recycling concrete, you will help to ensure landfills last longer, reduce construction waste, and reduce the builders tipping fees. You will also cut down on transportation costs since the concrete is recycled on site.




With all these options and many others, you can have a meaningful impact on the environment with just a few calls. Use these ideas the next time you decide to conduct a home improvement project. Every action counts if the earth is to be saved.




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Joe McCord works at REAA.

Comments (3)

Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I agree with your post that we have to find a way to reduce the pollution and trash.

Apr 01, 2019 12:01 AM
Naveen Kumar

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May 07, 2020 11:33 PM
Naveen Kumar

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May 07, 2020 11:34 PM